Rebecca Klar



Rebecca Klar is a tech reporter at The Hill, based in Washington, D.C.

Before heading to D.C. to join The Hill's breaking news team, she was the city reporter for The York Dispatch, a daily paper in York, Pennsylvania, where she covered city government and economic development, and a reporter for Blank Slate Media, where she covered politics, crime and education in her hometown of Nassau County. 

Rebecca graduated from Binghamton University, State University of New York in May 2017. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in rhetoric.


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Advocates worry online misogyny will keep women out of office

Advocates are worried that rising online misogyny will leave more women unwilling to run for office, a concern highlighted by a video posted by Rep. Paul Gosar Paul Anthony GosarLiberals ramp up pressure on Pelosi to discipline Boebert Ocasio-Cortez: 'Embarrassment' that Boebert punishment is delayed Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' MORE (R-Ariz.) showing him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Alexandria Ocasio-CortezLiberals ramp up pressure on

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Crypto industry seeks to build momentum after losing Senate fight

Cryptocurrency leaders say that even though they failed to change language related to the regulation of their industry in the Senate's bipartisan infrastructure bill, the heated floor fight over it underscores their growing power in Washington. They’re gearing up to use that momentum to push back on the bill in the House and take the lead on future cryptocurrency rules. “I think we were an unexpected force to be reckoned with,” said Kristin Smith, executive director of the BlockChain Associati

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Women urge tech giants to innovate on office return

After an unprecedented year that saw record numbers of women leaving the workforce, tech employees and advocates are urging the industry to continue its tradition as innovators and rethink workplace models to offer the flexibility and ease that could help retain women in the field. As companies grapple with plans to return-to-office — with shifting timelines amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases — advocates are cautioning businesses not to overlook lessons learned from the pandemic that already e

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Instagram sparks new concerns over 'kidfluencer' culture

Facebook’s plans to create an Instagram for kids are fueling new calls to crack down on digital advertising targeting children. Experts say that while YouTube has largely been the main vehicle for influencer marketing aimed at children, with videos from so-called kidfluencers garnering millions of views, plans for a kid-centered Instagram platform are sparking backlash from lawmakers and advocates who view influencer marketing as a deceptive tactic to reach kids. “Influencer culture rules supr

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Facebook's feud with Apple escalates

Facebook’s feud with Apple is coming to a head over a dispute about Apple’s new privacy feature that would limit the reach of targeted ads, highlighting the contrasting but symbiotic nature of the two tech giants’ business models. Apple is planning to release a feature early next year requiring apps sold in its store to ask users for permission to track their data, expanding on amped up privacy features already launched. The update has been championed by tech advocacy groups, such as Ranking Di

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Amazon under pressure to lift ban on e-book library sales

Amazon’s refusal to sell e-books published in-house to libraries is sparking backlash as demand for digital content spikes during the coronavirus pandemic. Librarians and advocacy groups are pushing for the tech giant to license its published e-books to libraries for distribution, arguing the company’s self-imposed ban significantly decreases public access to information. “You shouldn’t have to have a credit card in order to be an informed citizen,” Michael Blackwell, director of St. Mary’s Co

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Teens turn to TikTok to boost Biden

Teens and first-time voters are creating grassroots groups and political action committees aimed at reaching their peers where they are — TikTok. Groups run by college students and recent high school graduates are creating memes and videos on the widely popular video-sharing app, as well as other platforms, in an effort to boost Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden Joe BidenThe Memo: Georgia voters deliver blow to Trump Warnock win puts Democrats within reach of Senate majority Eric Trump

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Disinformation, QAnon efforts targeting Latino voters ramp up ahead of presidential election

Disinformation targeting Latino communities is ramping up ahead of Election Day, when the demographic is expected to play a crucial role in key battleground states. Advocacy groups and election security experts alike say material is circulating on social media platforms and online messaging apps that pushes false conspiracies that echo larger disinformation campaigns in English. The misinformation efforts, some of which reflect the QAnon conspiracy theory, are especially critical in Florida, a

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Government shutdown stalls new craft beers in York City

The federal government shutdown is starting to affect a burgeoning York City industry — craft brewing. Microbreweries regularly turn out new beers, a business model that's falling flat in the current political impasse. In addition to closing national parks and complicating air travel, the shutdown that began Dec. 22 ceased operations at the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Among other functions, the bureau is responsible for approving labels on cans and bottles of alcoholic beverages.

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$100K salaries, patronage appointments at Nassau Board of Elections - Featured

Nearly two months after he lost to a shocking Democratic victory, and just two days shy of the end of his term, former Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino resigned upon his appointment to the Nassau County Board of Elections. Democrat Robert Troiano, a former senior policy advisor to North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran’s pick for traffic and parking violations commissioner, was appointed to a position at the board of elections after it wa

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